About GiveWell UK

GiveWell UK is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) and the official UK partner of GiveWell, a US 501(c)(3) organization that identifies outstanding giving opportunities by conducting in-depth research to determine how effectively given programs can save and improve lives per dollar spent. GiveWell UK is dedicated to helping donors in the United Kingdom find and support these outstanding giving opportunities through tax deductible donations.

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Donating to GiveWell UK

You can make a donation to GiveWell UK in the following ways:

  1. Through our donation processing partner Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) via:
    • Credit/debit card (recurring or one-time)
    • PayPal
    • CAF account
  2. Bank/wire transfer
  3. Stocks or securities

See below for more details about each donation method. We are not able to accept physical cheques at this time.

Whatever donation method you choose, we encourage you to make your donation plans early if you need to meet a deadline for tax purposes. If you have other questions about donating, please review our FAQ here or contact us at UKdonations@givewell.org.

GiveWell UK is a UK Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) with registered charity number #1196392. Eligible UK taxpayers are able to take tax deductions for donations to GiveWell UK to the extent permitted by UK tax laws. GiveWell UK can claim Gift Aid for eligible donations. Please note that donations to GiveWell UK are irrevocable and donor requests to grant donations to our recommended charities are subject to our approval (more details on GiveWell UK's approval process here).

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

You can make a donation through CAF via credit card, PayPal, or a CAF account:

Please note that donations through CAF are capped at £9,999. CAF charges GiveWell UK a fee of 4.0% of your total donation (including Gift Aid) for one-time donations, and 2% of your gross donation for recurring donations. As of July 1, 2024, there is a minimum charge of 20p per recurring donation, and there is no longer a cap on fees for recurring donations. To maximize the impact of your gift to GiveWell UK, we suggest using CAF for donations of £1,000 or less, and using a wire transfer for larger amounts.

CAF may contact you to verify your identity, source of wealth, and source of funds in order to comply with the UK Money Laundering Regulations. More information on this screening can be found in the GiveWell UK FAQ page.

Bank wire/transfer

You can make a donation via wire transfer directly to GiveWell UK by filling out this form and sending a wire to the account listed on the confirmation page. We do not charge fees for donations made by wire transfer; however, due to administrative costs, we recommend only using wire transfer for donations of £1,000 or more.


Due to the fees and administrative requirements for processing donations of stock, we ask that donors donate stock only if the value of the stock at the time of transfer is estimated at £10,000 or more. If you are interested in donating stocks or securities, please complete our UK securities donation form.

Contact information

  • Email: UKdonations@givewell.org
  • Mailing address:
    GiveWell UK
    c/o Bates Wells
    First Floor
    10 Queen Street Place
    London EC4R 1BE

List of trustees

  • Luke Ding. Luke is a former finance professional having held a number of senior management positions at NatWest and Merrill Lynch, and a senior partner role at fund management firm Brevan Howard. He now engages full time with his philanthropic activities in parallel with ongoing business interests. He is a keen supporter of many organisations associated with Effective Altruism and has sponsored national deworming programmes in Burundi and Madagascar. He is also a board member of Founders Pledge.
  • Elie Hassenfeld. Elie is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of GiveWell. He previously worked in the hedge fund industry, which he left to co-found GiveWell in 2007. He also serves on the Board of Managers of Open Philanthropy, LLC. He enjoys taking up (and mostly failing at) new athletic pursuits and spending time with his wife and young children.
  • David House. David is a software engineer and senior manager in the financial services industry. He has been a supporter of the Effective Altruism movement for more than a decade. In his spare time David is a keen runner and totally besotted by his two cats!

Official records

UK government approvals

Policies and governing documents